SANTA PUB CRAWL GOES ON IN N.Y.C. – DE­SPITE FLIERS

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

new york» Red-suited rev­el­ers have fanned out across New York City’s bars de­spite ef­forts by a com­mu­nity group to de­ter the an­nual pub crawl known as San­ta­Con.

Fliers that claimed San­ta­Con had been can­celed went up in some neigh­bor­hoods in Man­hat­tan and Brook­lyn as Satur­day’s hol­i­day bac­cha­nal ap­proached.

The group be­hind the fliers, New York City Residents, wants the rowdy event to shut down per­ma­nently.

San­ta­Con has bal­looned to thou­sands of peo­ple over the years. It grew from a 1994 San Fran­cisco “Santarchy” that sat­i­rized Christ­mas con­sumerism into bashes in over 300 cities. New York’s San­ta­Con has earned a bad-Santa rep­u­ta­tion over the years.

Or­ga­niz­ers de­scribe San­ta­Con as a cre­ative take on hol­i­day tra­di­tions of festive dress and good cheer. They say it also raises tens of thou­sands of dol­lars for char­ity.

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